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Fall Leaves Grab Hold in Texas
Examples of Fall Foliage Around The AreaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Texas Hill Country Fall Colors
In the Texas Hill Country, we have had a hard freeze, lots of cold fronts, plenty of wind, and even rain! It is December and the seasonal decorations are everywhere! Even Mother Nature is decorating this Christmas! The tree foliage is beautiful with a surprising amount of color for the middle of December! That's right, colorful foliage is in full bloom in the middle of the Christmas season! Our weather is slightly muggy, cool, and definitely gray. It looks like it could rain any minute! In the midst of the stark weather, it is easy to spot a neighborhood tree, still in the prime of its color, decorating a front lawn. These beams of color can be seen from a distance in every direction! These monuments of autumn serve as beacons of light illuminating from the gray backgrounds.
To have Christmas decorations strewn across front yards with brightly glowing fall trees assaults the senses! My mind registers that something is not right about this picture! The beautiful natural colors of autumn contrast with the bright, prime colors of many of the decorations! When is the last time you saw a Christmas decoration done with golden shades of green and rich hues of deep purples?
The greatest visual picture of contrast between Fall scenes and Christmas decorations was a large tree full of the bright hues of autumn decorated with equally large Christmas balls hanging from its lower limbs! There it is, the stark contrast between the usual bare tree with ornaments and the colorful show I am seeing today! How amazing!
I understand that another cold front is soon to arrive. With the Northern winds, many of the prime Texas Hill Country Fall trees will loose leaves and their glowing foliage will turn darker, eliminating their bright glow experienced today! Old Man Winter is upon us! He follows an exceptionally beautiful Fall Season here in the Texas Hill Country! Here he comes!
Fall Trees That Zing With ColorClick thumbnail to view full-size
Brighter Texas Hill Country Colors
I really thought this last cold front through the Texas Hill Country would put an end to this late display of tree color that has pervaded much of the area during the month of December. Instead the color in our local trees has exploded and intensified far beyond anything we have seen in the last few years! This late Fall scenery has become even more prevalent in our local landscapes!
I was driving to my chiropractor's office this afternoon and had to get the camera out again! There were entire intersections and office parks glowing with color as the trees showed off their elegance and majesty under yet another gray day! Much as a display of Christmas lights emit a glow of colored light in the darkness of night, these trees glowed warmth and color into the gray atmosphere of our day! I passed an apartment complex that seemed to have supernatural colors emitting from its walls as the trees surrounding it made themselves known to those passing by! It truly has been an unusual year of weather!
The Color Gets Even BrighterClick thumbnail to view full-size
December 19 in the Texas Hill Country
On my way through town in the Texas Hill Country on this Saturday, I was amazed to still see brilliant color in many trees! Though the Fall foliage has ebbed slightly, the assortment of color is still remarkable and appealing to the eye! Some of the local trees have waited until the final hours of this season to glow brightly for everyone to see!
I understand that winter officially begins in just two days! Fall has given made its presence known with a boldness that has surpassed many previous years of Autumn stretches! Well done!